Soft-Tissue Therapy

Soft-tissue therapy can be applied in many different forms. Common techniques include Active Release Technique (A.R.T.), Muscle Release Technique (M.R.T.), Cross Friction Therapy, and Instrument Assisted Soft-tissue Therapy (Graston or Gua Sha). All of these techniques aim to attain similar goals by different methods. A well-trained clinician will understand which treatment is best for the patient based on their clinical history and examination. The goals of soft-tissue therapy are to improve global and local tissue flexibility, increase blood flow, improve healing, decrease pain/discomfort, and restore function.

Conditions commonly treated with soft-tissue therapy:

  • Postural strain
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis elbow and Golfer’s elbow (epicondylitis)
  • Rotator cuff tendinopathy
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Bursitis
  • Neck pain and headaches
  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Nerve entrapments
  • Tendinopathies
  • Shin splints
  • Ankle, Knee, Hip, Shoulder, Elbow, and Wrist pain
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